The Lake Ridge boys basketball team is off to a strong start this season and looks to be in a position to make a good run into the postseason.
The Eagles defeated Waxahachie on Friday night by a score of 59-56, but coach Donte Wilson said there were some definite issues in the game he would like to see addressed.
“We had a hard time making a basket, and we had hard time making stops,” Wilson said. “We won't be in games like that if we can't do those things.”
Ryan Woolridge led the team in scoring with 26 points against Waxahachie, and his effort was not lost on Wilson.
“He plays at a different pace,” Wilson said. “We makes everybody run. He makes the officials run; he makes both teams run, he makes the camera man run. He just plays at a different pace.”
With eight district games under its belt, Lake Ridge was 6-2 heading into Friday night's game, and Wilson said he definitely sees room for improvement.
“We're not playing our best basketball, and I guess that's OK right now,” Wilson said. “But we do want to see progress, and with four days until our next game, hopefully we can fix a few things, and hopefully we'll see the progress we are looking for.”
Lake Ridge will square off with Legacy at 8 p.m. on Friday at Lake Ridge High School, and Wilson said that his team will definitely have its work cut out for it.
“Legacy is one of the best-coached teams in our league,” Wilson said. “It's never fun go against Marchie Murdock and the Broncos. He is one of the best coaches in our league, and he is going to find a way to make it tough. It's never a fun game.
“It doesn't matter what he has. It doesn't matter what you have, we're going to have to play well if we want to beat those guys.”
Lake Ridge will follow that game up with a rematch with Ennis at 8 p.m. on Jan. 20 at home, and even though the Eagles won their first match by 47 points, Wilson said Ennis cannot be overlooked.
“They're a little bit down from where they were a few years go, but we'll see,” Wilson said. “We still have to play well. It's not going to be a game where we go in and we can just show up and win. We're going to have to play and prepare for those guys.”
Over at Timberview, the Wolves cruised to a victory over Red Oak on Friday night by a score of 71-41.
Jokwon Bagby, Chris Mullins, and Quinn Sutton each scored 13 points each in the game to the lead the way.
At Legacy, the Broncos defeated Arlington Seguin by a score of 34-27 on Friday night to pick up its second district win.
Kennedy Jones led the team in scoring with 11 points in the game.